Friday, November 22, 2019

A Slip Of The Lip

A Slip Of The Lip A Slip Of The Lip A Slip Of The Lip By Sharon Its easy to trip up when speaking or writing, but what do you call the results when you do? A few weeks ago, I wrote about eggcorns. These are errors in which people guess wrongly the meaning, origin and spelling of certain expressions. An example would be writing or saying flaw in the ointment instead of fly in the ointment. Another error, made famous by Sheridans Mrs Malaprop, is the malapropism. If you mean to say one thing, but use a similar sounding word that means something completely different, then thats what youve done. Example: A rolling stone gathers no moths. (moss) Similar to an eggcorn, but usually taking place with songs and poems, is the mondegreen. In the song The Bonny Earl of Murray, the line (hae laid) him on the green was misconstrued as Lady Mondegreen. Other examples of mondegreens, collected by journalist Jon Carroll, include: Climb Every Woman (Im Every Woman, by Chaka Khan) I Was Barney Rubble (I Was Born A Rebel, by Tom Petty) Falling on my head like a newt in motion (falling on my head like a new emotion, from Here Comes The Rain Again, Eurythmics) Many more mondegreens are available here (Update: SFGate article no longer online). Finally, spoonerisms result from transposing the initial sounds of words. Named after clergyman William Archibald Spooner, the resulting words usually provoke gales of laughter. Examples from Spooner himself include: It is now kisstomary to cuss the bride. (customary to kiss the bride) You have tasted two worms (wasted two terms) Our Lord is a shoving leopard (loving shepherd) Many more Spoonerisms are available on Fun with Words. Want to improve your English in five minutes a day? Get a subscription and start receiving our writing tips and exercises daily! Keep learning! Browse the Expressions category, check our popular posts, or choose a related post below:10 Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals15 Types of DocumentsPeople vs. Persons

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